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Duncanville Police Warning About Scam Involving Oncor

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DUNCANVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Police say two men who look like they are working with a utility company ripped off thousands of dollars from an elderly woman on March 28.

According to police, the two men told unsuspecting resident they worked for Oncor and claimed they traced a short in the wiring through their computer to the victim’s house.

Officer Doug Sisk says the suspects showed her a burnt wire they claimed was found in her attic. Because the victim was worried the house might burn down – she complied with their request.

The bogus workers claimed they fixed the problem and charged her $5,000 dollars.

When she expressed her shock, they said they would knock off $400 dollars if she got them cash from the bank. She did and later realized it was a scam.

Officer Sisk says they’re working with banks to heighten awareness about this.

The suspects were described as white males ‘in their 40′s’ and were wearing hard hats. They were driving a white pickup with a yellow light bar on the roof.

If you have any information on the suspects you are urged to call police.

Officer Sisk reminds residents to never allow strangers in your home. Also, be leery of anyone offering an unrequested service – and always ask to see a company ID.

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